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Icosapent Ethyl Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Icosapent ethyl has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people received the real medication, while another group was given a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it is possible to see what icosapent ethyl side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group who took the placebo.
 
In these studies, there was only one side effect that occurred "commonly" (in this case, commonly was arbitrarily defined as occurring in more than 2 percent of people) and more often with icosapent ethyl compared to the placebo. This side effect was joint pain (known medically as arthralgia). In studies, 2.3 percent of people taking icosapent ethyl had joint pain, compared with 1 percent of people taking the placebo.
 
The prescribing information for icosapent ethyl also mentions that throat pain was a reaction seen in clinical studies, although presumably it did not occur commonly (the exact percentage is not mentioned).
 

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking icosapent ethyl or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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